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Year-End Round-Up

It’s year-in-review time, naturally (although that has not stopped Walmac from campaigning to become Barbaro’s new home via the press); given the amount of preparation I need to undertake to get ready for New Year’s Eve, here’s a quick list to hold you over until January when there will be actual prose again. NB: This list is best enjoyed with a nice winter warmer or other holiday-themed beer.

The 2006 List:

  • Biggest story: At least this one is obvious — Barbaro.
  • Best non-Barbaro story: Ouija Board.
  • Most underrated horse: Miesque’s Approval.
  • Most overrated horse: Bernardini. I’d be quite willing to re-evaluate that were he to un-retire.
  • Worst purchase: The Green Monkey wins, but Jalil is a close second — which is closer than either will ever be in a race.
  • Individual race: Barbaro’s Derby or Ouija Board’s Prince of Wales’ Stakes — you choose!
  • Worst decision: ESPN canning Wire to Wire. Hey, I’ve been watching since 1988 and am part of a desirable demographic — but alas, ESPN never bothered to find that out.

2007 Predictions:

  • I still like Teuflesburg — at least now I have something of a reason to do so!
  • Hard Spun will follow Lawyer Ron’s path – beating all comers despite lowish Beyers until around Derby Day. He’ll come back and run well later in the year after that.
  • Dreaming of Anna will rival Wait a While for versatility and consistency.
  • The path from South America to North American racing success will become more and more well-worn.
  • We will have no idea what the Derby field will look like until April.

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